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The Goldsmiths Fashion Research Unit, Special Collections & Archives and The Design Department, invites you to:

In Conversation Textiles and Fashion: Rose Sinclair with Philip Richards, Mo Tomaney and Dr Julia Gaimster.
Tuesday 30th June 2015, 6.00pm-8.00pm
Venue: Special Collections & Archives, Goldsmiths, London SE14 6NW

This event marks the recent publication of Textiles and Fashion: Materials, Design and Technology, a volume in the Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles, edited by Rose Sinclair, a Lecturer in Textiles, in the Design Department. The book gathers together 31 chapters by authors from around the world, who are both academics and practitioners including chapters by Rose Sinclair, Mo Tomaney, Philip Richards, and Dr Julia Gaimster.

Rose will speak about the process behind the book and then her practice of pedagogy which the book also reflects. Philip Richards will speak on the relationship between his technology background and the place of the humanities in the textiles technology discourse, and the work he does in textile industry. Mo Tomaney will focus on the place of sustainable thinking alongside sustainable practices, whilst Dr Julia Gaimster will draw on Visual Research Methods and the place of Virtual Technologies in fashion design practice.

Rose's work exists in the space between design education and design practice. Originally a knitwear designer/yarn developer, today Rose's work is concerned with the interaction and engagement with traditional and new digital technologies and their impact on not only on design teaching and pedagogy but also the relationship between process and practice of designing textiles and fashion. Her current research focuses on the relationship between communities and the textiles practice.

Mo Tomaney is an independent consultant in sustainability for the fashion sector, who works in both academia and across the fashion industry, and has developed her practice in the space of sustainable design and practice. Mo's work is focussed on research driven analytical and practical interventions for sustainability and ethics in fashion and textiles that engage with creative, technical and systemic drivers in the production and consumption of fashion and textiles. Mo's projects are often concerned with potential for or mapping of social and environmental responsibility within creative, technical and logistical processes that drive fashion excellence in a global and local marketplace.

Philip Richards counts himself as a textiles technologist, with a background in Dyeing and Finishing but balances this with engagement in the humanities. Philip worked in the UK Textiles industry for 40 years as a Dyehouse and Technical Manager in various companies, which supplied major retailers, during this time he was involved in many innovations, particularly in the area of garment processing. Since leaving Courtaulds, where he had spent most of his career, Philip has since set up his own business, Richtex Textile Consultancy.

Dr Julia Gaimster is The Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies at the London College of Fashion and has developed work in the field of Visual research methods and the use of e-learning. Julia's research also extends across the areas of exploring the use of web 2.0 technology and virtual worlds to enhance teaching and learning in art and design. Her research interests also include, Pedagogy, Virtual worlds, information technology, teaching and learning, in fashion and textiles.

The presentations will be followed by a drinks reception and informal conversation.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Introduction to Clothing - Short Courses
Various dates 2015, Manchester, UK

       Introduction to the Global Clothing Industry - 2 July 2015

       Understanding Garments - 26 November 2015

       Size and Fit - 3 December 2015

The Textile Institute is delighted to launch a new series of Short Courses. Under the umbrella title of ‘Introduction to Clothing’ these courses are intended as a complementary offering to the existing ‘Introduction to Textiles’ course which has been running since 2010.

Six separate courses will provide a basic introduction to the subject and are intended for anyone just starting a career in the clothing industry whether this be at operative level; a new graduate from another discipline, or management level coming from another industry sector. Each course is one full day and delegates may choose to attend individual courses or build up a body knowledge by attending some or all of the courses.

The curriculum has been developed with the financial support of CAPITB Trust, an independent charity providing support and funding for “people employed or about to be employed in the British clothing industry”.

Members: £320
(£266.66 + VAT)

Non Members: £400
(£333.33 + VAT)

Students: £198
(£165 + VAT)

Delegate + Introductory Membership of The Textile Institute: £400
(£80 membership, VAT exempt + £266.66 + VAT)


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The Friends Meeting House
6 Mount Street
M2 5NS

Further dates to be announced.

For further information please contact:
Emma Scott, Events Manager
T: +44 (0)161 237 1188


3rd International Conf
4-5 September 2015

KIB Convention Hall, Farmgate, Dhaka, Bangladesherence on Textile & Apparel 2015 (ICTA 2015)
Innovation for Growth and Excellence - Textiles and RMG

The conference aims to provide a significant platform for industry and researchers from around the world to meet, discuss, share and disseminate findings for future collaborations and anticipated to become a catalyst for enterprising spirit among the participants.

The Textile Institute and Bangladesh Textile Today hope the conference will provide the opportunity for TI Members along with industry representatives to take part in this prestigious event. Presentations from industry and education are invited providing an international platform for information exchange and networking.

For more information about the Conference please visit


Introduction to Textiles - Training Short Course
14 -16 October, Manchester, UK

This intensive three day training short course is organised for the benefit of all those who are engaged in the manufacture, research and development as well as the commercial aspects of textile business. The course will cover Fibres, Yarns, Weaving, Warp and Weft Knitting, Nonwoven Fabrics, Dyeing and Finishing and Fabric Testing and Analysis.

Booking Form


Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar:
The UK fashion and textile industry -  priorities for domestic manufacturing, export and skills

Timing: Morning, Thursday, 22 October 2015
Venue: Central London

Guests of Honour: John Miln, Chief Executive Officer, UK Fashion and Textile Association and Lorna Fitzsimons, Managing Director, Lorna Fitzsimons Consulting and Director, The Alliance Project and Textile Growth Fund

In the context of the success of 'brand Britain', and against a background of growing changes in the global textiles market and sustainability concerns, delegates at this seminar will consider the current landscape for textile and clothing manufacturing in the UK - as well as next steps for protecting and stimulating prosperous fashion districts. It will bring together senior Parliamentarians and officials with key stakeholders across the UK fashion industry to examine the next steps for supporting further growth in the sector.

Delegates will also assess latest thinking on strategies for exporting and raising the profile of UK fashion internationally, for seizing opportunities in new markets, and for responding to challenges including emerging rival design hubs and alternative fashion weeks, domestic public funding pressures, and latest concerns on IP protection and enforcement.

Further planned sessions will discuss priorities for the engagement and recruitment of diverse young people into the UK fashion industry and ensuring that the next generation of talent have the relevant technical and entrepreneurial skills required to compete in the global fashion market.

For further information please click here


Parliamentary Lunch
6 November 2015
House of Lords, London, UK

The Textile Institute, UK Region, will be holding the annual Parliamentary Lunch at the House of Lords on Friday 6 November 2015. The luncheon will be held in the Cholmondeley Room and on the Terrace, hosted by The Lord Haskel CText ATI, a past World President, who kindly enables us to have the use of the venue.

The annual lunch has become very popular with both our national and international members. A feature of the event is that after lunch we are usually able to arrange a tour of the Palace of Westminster with the help of guides very knowledgeable of the extraordinary history of the place. Members and their guests from destinations outside London also often find it convenient to enjoy the subsequent weekend as a city break.

The lunch is not restricted to members of The Textile Institute. It therefore allows senior executives from both business and education, whether members or not, to network in a unique environment, and perhaps offer hospitality to clients or customers.

Booking information coming soon!


World Textile Summit 2015
13 November 2015, Fiera Milano Rho, Milan, Italy

The World Textile Summit is a unique one-day event that brings together the world’s most influential textile-business leaders to debate issues of strategic importance to the global industry. Its inspirational, forward-looking agenda - comprising expert presentations and interactive discussions - is designed to allow participants to share their business experiences and receive new ideas to maintain their success in the textile manufacturing and supply chain.

The World Textile Summit 2015 will explore business responses to the international drive for sustainable manufacturing. Going beyond the agendas of other textile sustainability conventions, it will seek to answer the questions that really matter to strategic decision makers: What returns can I expect from capital investment in resource efficient technologies? How do I go about establishing and monitoring a sustainable supply chain? And what are the market opportunities that arise from a strategy based on clean production and sustainable materials? Delegates will hear from international experts in the business and economics of sustainable textile manufacturing and learn from the direct experience of business leaders who have already chosen this path.

World Textile Summit 2015 a must-attend event designed for C-level executives and industry stakeholders to understand the business of sustainability and create value in key areas like growth, return on capital and risk management.

For further information please visit:

ITMA 2015
12-19 November 2015
Fiera Milano Rho, Milan, Italy

The Textile Institute is delighted to be a supporting organisation of ITMA 2015. ITMA has been the world’s most established textile and garment machinery exhibition since 1951. Over the years, it has been a catalyst for change and competitiveness for the industry. The drive towards sustainability in the entire textile and garment value chain is increasingly integrated with enlightened business practices, and innovative technology holds the key to environmental sustainability.

ITMA 2015 will continue to be the global marketplace and one-stop sourcing platform for:

  • emerging trends and innovation solutions
  • acquiring new knowledge and best practices
  • establishing strategic relationships with industry leaders

The exhibition will be open daily:

  • Exhibitors: 0800 hours - 2000 hours
  • Visitors: 0900 hours - 1800 hours

For further information please visit:
Organised by MP Expositions Pte Ltd


The Second International Conference for Creative Pattern Cutting
24th and 25th February 2016, Huddersfield, UK

The second international conference is designed to promote contemporary research into the art of creative pattern cutting and its significance to the fashion industry. The conference provides a platform for pattern cutters, fashion designers, students, and educators to explore the impact and direction for creative pattern cutting.

The conference aims to:

  • Encourage discussion of new methods and techniques in creative pattern cutting, inspiring technical and design innovation.
  • Develop ways in which the fashion industry promotes pattern cutting as a career, emphasizing its creative integrity and magnetism.
  • Enhance ways in which tacit knowledge and the making process are considered as legitimate forms of research enquiry.
  • Promote equity for the roles of the creative pattern cutter and the fashion designer in terms of esteem and remuneration
  • Balance debates about the knowledge and practical experience of traditional processes in the context of technological and digital development.

We are looking for abstracts, which expand the themes above and further explore the impact and direction for creative pattern cutting.

Hosting University: University of Huddersfield, UK
Organisers: Dr Kevin Almond, Stephen Wigley, Dr Jess Power



The 90th Textile Institute World Conference
25-28 April 2016, Poznan, Poland

The Textile Institute is delighted to announce that the Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants (INF&MP) will be hosting the 90th Textile Institute World Conference.

INF&MP has been involved in complex research and development works on fibrous raw materials both of plant and animal origin. The Institute works on obtaining, characterising and applying of natural fibres both in traditional and advanced applications. The Institute is involved in a number of national and international research projects; cooperates multi directionally with numerous research centers worldwide; works for agriculture, environment protection, construction, transport, food and pharmaceutical industries and medicine.

Poland is situated in the geographical heart of Europe. Poland is a very rapidly developing country, with a long tradition of excellent scientific research in new materials, natural fibers as well as in polymers and composite materials.

Poznan is the capital city of Wielkopolska, the Western part of the country and the cradle of the Polish State. It is one of the oldest cities in Poland with many well-preserved monuments of architecture like the Renaissance City Hall in Old Market Place and the Gothic Cathedral situated on an island. Poznan is an important industrial centre and a traditional place of international trade fairs. 

The conference will aim to establish international interdisciplinary cooperation in various fields of science, research and economy that are linked by textile technology in its broad meaning.

A full Call for Papers and the Conference website will be available in the coming weeks.

Download abstract guidelines here.

Founding Sponsor: Taylor & Francis Ltd


Have your say!

We are constantly developing new events that benefit our members. We would like to hear from you or your company if you have a need for a particular subject to be covered through our conferences and events. Please contact us to have your say.

We are always updating our events calendar so for up to date details of all our events please visit regularly.

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Upcoming Events

TIWC 2016
25-28 April
Poznan, Poland

12 - 19 November 2015
Milan Italy



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